People & Appointments: Mirova appoints deputy CEO

The latest ESG movers and shakers: BofA appoints head of EMEA ESG advisory and financing solutions; BNPP AM hires head of stewardship APAC.

Guillaume Abel has been appointed deputy CEO of Mirova. He joins from Ostrum Asset Management, where he worked as chief business development officer and as a member of the executive committee for two years. Abel has also held roles at La Banque Postale Asset Management, Candriam, and Amundi, where he spent more than 17 years.

Alexandra Basirov has joined Bank of America as head of EMEA ESG advisory and financing solutions. She moves from BNP Paribas where she spent 16 years, most recently as global head of sustainable finance, financial institutions group

Jane Ho has been hired as head of stewardship, APAC at BNP Paribas Asset Management. She previously worked at the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change for more than two years, as director of investor practice.

John McCalla-Leacy has been promoted to head of global ESG at KPMG. He has worked at the company for more than 20 years and was previously head of ESG.

Hargreaves Lansdown has hired a team of ESG analysts to manage risk for funds and equities. Dominic Rowles has been promoted to lead the team, following eight years at the company. Former HL graduate trainee Tara Clee has worked at the firm for more than four years and has been promoted to ESG analyst. Laura Hoy joins from HL’s equity team. All three will report to head of investment analysis and research, Emma Wall.

Ylva Hannestad has joined EQT as transformation lead sustainable finance and client relations. She was previously deputy head of group sustainability at Nordea where she spent 14 years. Hannestad also served as a member of the Swedish Bankers Association’s Sustainability Council and the Swedish National Advisory Board for Impact Investing.

Pensions for Purpose has hired two directors, Martin Pattinson and David Brown, to lead its impact investment project, which aims to encourage investors to allocate a minimum of 5 percent of their capital to positive impact strategies. Pattinson has been promoted to director and place-based impact investing forum lead following eight months in the role of business adviser. He previously held positions at Aviva Investors and Schroders Investment Management. Brown, an accredited professional trustee, will be director and training lead. He most recently spent nearly nine years as head of pensions and payroll operations at Tesco and has held senior consulting positions at Deloitte, KPMG, Fidelity Investments and Mercer.

Strategic Counsel, the US law firm of Sanford Lewis, has appointed three shareholder advocacy legal fellows. Antonio Pontón-Núñez will focus on digital economy risk management, including hate speech, bias and privacy issues. Brittany Goad will concentrate on fiduciary duty and reproductive rights. Kendall McPherson will specialise in climate and environmental shareholder proposals.

Impact Cubed has hired two senior directors, Helge Kostka and Owen Thiers, to support its European ESG business. Kostka was formerly chief investment officer at MASECO Private Wealth for more than four years, and has also held positions at Aviva Investors and Deutsche Bank. Thiers was previously a non-executive director and board member at Impact Cubed. He has worked for Citigroup Alternative Investments, Deutsche Asset Management and JPMorgan Asset Management.

The London School of Economics and Political Science is recruiting an executive director for its Transition Pathway Initiative Global Climate Transition Centre. The position will involve setting centre strategy, developing the research agenda, and building and maintaining partnerships, including with international investor initiatives on climate change. The closing date for applications is 6 November.

ShareAction is seeking a chair for its board of trustees to start in January 2023. The candidate will initially work in the role of deputy chair before progressing to chair in August 2023 when the incumbent, Paul Dickinson, steps down. The closing date for applications is 24 October.

APG Asset Management is recruiting a biodiversity specialist to fill a temporary position in its Amsterdam office. The candidate will support APG and its pension fund clients by performing a baseline assessment of the biodiversity hotspots with existing datasets, onboarding external biodiversity and deforestation sources, screening investment portfolios for deforestation risks, and delivering a findings report.